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Raymond Ellsworth Brooks ’37

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Raymond Ellsworth Brooks ’37, February 18, 2008, in Santa Rosa, California, following a short illness. Raymond received a BA from Reed in psychology. He worked briefly for IBM before accepting a position as teaching assistant in psychology at the University of Oregon, with the intention of becoming a clinical psychologist. Instead, with the assistance of Reed psychology professor William (Monte) Griffith [1926–54], he entered federal service in public administration with the State Technical Advisory Services of the Social Security Board. He went to Washington, D.C., and was then assigned to the Social Security Board in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as regional merit system consultant. In 1943, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in personnel classification in the Pacific Theatre. Following the war, he returned to his work with the Social Security Board in Cleveland, Ohio, and then transferred to San Francisco, where he worked for 23 years; he retired in 1971. In retirement, he did house carpentry—building a home in Mendocino, California—and also enjoyed photography and backpacking. He married Bernice McKay ’39 in 1938; they divorced in 1969. In 1971, he married Judy Boyles. Survivors include his wife, his son, four stepchildren, and two step-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2008

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